A Japanese soldier, Yasuno Chikao, prepares to behead Australian Sergeant Leonard G. Siffleet at Aitape in New Guinea. The Australian commando from "M" Special Unit was captured while his small patrol was operating deep behind enemy lines. 1943. The photograph was discovered on the body of a dead Japanese major near Hollandia by American troops in April 1944.
On 24th October 1943, Australian commando Leonard Siffleet was beheaded on Aitape Beach in Papua New Guinea, along with two Ambonese, H. Pattiwal and M. Reharing. This photograph, of Japanese soldier Yasuno Chikao just before he struck, was taken from the body of a Japanese casualty later in the war.
The Execution of Leonard Siffleet Australian Sergeant Leonard Siffleet was part of a special forces reconnaissance unit in New Guinea, then occupied by Japanese Imperial forces. He and two Ambonese companions were captured by partisan tribesmen and...
This is how I prefer to remember Leonard Siffleet (1916-1943). He joined the Australian forces and reached the rank of sergeant. Posted to the M Special Unit, Siffleet was on a mission in Papua, New Guinea when he and two Ambonese companions were captured by tribesmen and handed over to the Japanese. All three men were interrogated, tortured and later beheaded at Aitape Beach on March 29, 1943. A picture of Siffleet's impending execution became a disturbing but enduring image of the war.